More about Creative Actors
Creative Actors Initiative for Development (CRAID) formerly known as Actors Against AIDS Drug Abuse and Social Vices (TRIPLE ‘A’DS) was established in September 2003 and registered with Corporate Affairs commission (CAC) in 2008. It is a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ibadan Oyo State. It is a membership organization with a Board of Trustees (BOT), Project Management Team (PMT), Project Implementation Team (PIT) and a pool of Internship members and Volunteers. CRAID also has a team of professionals in the areas of community and social development, cultural promotion, health and education that render consultancy services for the organization.
For over fifteen years, CRAID has been growing in leaps and bounds in providing target-specific, realistic and workable interventions. It has a nine (9)–member programme, finance and admin staff well trained by several donour agencies both here and abroad including UNAIDS, Ghana Technical Support Facility for West Africa (TSFWCA) in Burkina Faso, Society for Family Health, John Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programmes, UNICEF, Abantu for Development, Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to mention just a few. This explains why its staff have been versatile in Participatory Community Assessment (PCA), community mobilization and social marketing, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME), data collection, management and analysis, project design and management, as well as proposal and report writing.
Office Space and Infrastructure
CRAID head office is located at No 1 Edo Line Building U.I.-Ojoo Road, Water Reservoir Area Ibadan. It is a four room office which includes the Programme office, Finance and Admin office, The Executive Director’s office and the Reception.
The office is equipped with communication and documentation equipments like computers, printers and other accessories, land phone and official modem for internet connectivity, digital camera. CRAID equally have regional offices at Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State and Sokoto in Sokoto States of Nigeria
In terms of financial management; CRAID utilizes both the manual and electronic method of managing its finances and submit financial reports based on donor specifications as and at when due. CRAID has a financial management policy and the Finance department is headed by a competent Finance and Admin Officer (FA&O). Financial control is a norm in CRAID and documents like general ledger, cash book, impress account, requisition form, receipt and inventory list are among key documents available that ensure effective financial management. We operate both current and savings accounts with Zenith and Access Bank and we also conduct annual auditing of our accounts and auditors reports are always available on request.
Previous Relevant Experience
CRAID has technical competency and vast experience in working with in and out-of-school youths and most-at-risk populations having conducted related interventions in the past in different parts of Oyo State. A specific example is the SFH-supported CIHPAC project in Ibadan North-East LGA where CRAID built the capacity and promoted positive behaviour maintenance of out-of-school male and female youths, female sex workers, transport workers and uniformed service men in Nigerian Prison Service at Agodi.
Other experiences in working with out-of-school population include the adaptation of Family Life and HIV/AIDS Curriculum into radio drama for out-of-school youths in Non-Formal Education centers in Oyo and Kaduna state and development of strategic and operational plan for children with special needs (Almajiri, street children in garages and markets, hawkers, mobile fisher-folks, domestic house maids and children working in extremely difficult environment like the quarry, border and other mining sites in 8 states of UNICEF B-Field office as supported by UNICEF Nigeria office.
Apart from that, CRAID has successfully implemented several donor-funded projects like the World Bank (HAF Fund) with OYO SACA, Public Enlightenment Drama Campaign on Back Malaria in the 33 LGAs of Oyo State for Federal Ministry of Health, HIV/AIDS Behavioural Surveillance Survey in Plateau State for Plateau State Agency for the Control of AIDS (PLACA), Mapping of Resources on HIV/AIDS for the Education Sector for UNESCO in Lagos, Kano and Akwa Ibom State, Enter-Educate performances, HIV Counselling and Testing and Training of students in four teriary institutions in Ogun State as well as Adaptation of FLHE into Episodes Radio Drama Non Formal Education learners for UNICEF, National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) in Oyo and Kaduna States, Our key intervention areas include participatory community assessment, research, capacity building, enter- educate/edutainment as well as media material development. Our track record is highlighted in a table below:
|AIDS Crush Initiative for Development (ACID) Project||Oyo SACA HAF/World bank||2004|
|HIV/AIDS Behavioural Surveillance Survey in 17 LGAs of Plateau State||Plateau State Agency for the Control of AIDS (PLACA||2006|
|Public Enlightenment Drama Campaign on Roll Back Malaria in 33 LGAs of Oyo State||Federal Ministry of Health||2006|
|Mapping of Resources on HIV/AIDS in the Education Sector in Kano, Lagos Akwa Ibom States||UNESCO Nigeria Office||2008|
|Adaptation of FLHE Curriculum into 13 Episode Radio Drama for Non-Formal Education Learners in FCT, Oyo and Kaduna State||UNICEF Nigeria||2009|
|Comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Support Project (CiPHAC)||Society for Family Health (SFH)||2009 – 2010|
|Baseline Survey for HIV/AIDS Project in Kebbi State||Kebbi SACA||2012|
|Development of Strategic and Operational Plan for Deprived Children and Youths in 8 States of the B-Field Office||UNICEF B-Field Office||2013|
|Keep Our Youths Save (KEYS) project in 4 LGAs of Ogun Sate||Ogun SACA/World Bank||2014 – 2016|
|Yoruba Drama Festival in Ibadan, Oyo State||CRAID||2017 – 2018|
|Enter-Educate film on Illegal Migration||CRAID||2018 – 2019|
Relationship with Communities and Government
In providing realistic, workable and sustainable intervention for out-of-school youths and most at risk populations, CRAID has partnered with agencies of government at federal, state and LGA levels. This includes but not limited to Federal and State Ministry of Health and Education, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA), Nigeria Police (Oyo State Command), LGA Community Development, Education and Health Departments as well as Local Action Committee on AIDS (LACAs) in many LGAs of Oyo, Kaduna, Kebbi and Plateau States.
• Skills building for young people on drama and film production
• Drug and substance abuse prevention education in collaboration with Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Police
• Celebration of United Nations days like International Women’s Day, International Theatre Day, World Aids Day, World Malaria and Tuberculosis Day as well as International Day of African Day where we educate young people and women about the significance of these special days.
We use standard training manuals and resource materials specifically designed to meet the needs of in and out-of-school youths in line with the best practices elsewhere in the world. Example of such is the Peer Education Plus (PEP) training manual, Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) training manuals, Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue: The Hope is Vital Training Manual among many others. CRAID has a track record of implementing high quality and cost-effective interventions that are evidence-based and result-oriented which have contributed significantly to improve quality of life of the target populations. We also have a unique tradition of implementing innovative and creative activities, working within deadline, submitting quality project report as and at when due, as well as prudent financial management practice that has ensured our sustenance for over nine years.